Monday, December 17, 2012

A Mystery Revealed No Longer Feels Like A Mystery

You never know you are in a special moment until the moment has past. When you are in the middle of living something you don't always have an historical perspective, but later, when you are reflecting on your life, you realize just how important that moment was. We are in an important moment in human history and most of us just see it as another ordinary day.

Do you realize that you are living in an age when the mystery of God has been revealed? They did not have what we had in the days before Jesus. Many prophets looked into it with longing but they did not get to experience it. God spoke about it, foreshadowing what was to come, but it is us, the Church, who get to experience it. Paul wrote to the Colossians:

I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. (Colossians 1:25-26)

And what is this fullness of God's Word, the great mystery that had been kept hidden for generations? This incredible thing:

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

Doesn't sound like any great mystery to us, does it? We speak about it all the time, teach it to our children, live it every day; it's rather normal to us. But it is not normal, or at least, it is not natural to what we once were.

We celebrate the baby in the manger but Jesus, the Son of God, came as a prophet. He was filled by the Holy Spirit to live out a perfect life, to teach us, to set the example, to take our place on the cross and to rise to eternal life so that we may follow him. This was a lot but he did more than this. Jesus also sent the Holy Spirit, that we would not be left orphaned but instead that we would have Jesus dwell in us, to empower us to live as he had lived. This is not normal to the world.

We, my friend, are possessed by God. Where once his presence was represented by a temple, he now lives in his children, transforming us into a new creation; one that houses the Creator himself. He doesn't want us to serve him with the limits of our resources and abilities. He lives in us so that we can live the fullness of who he is, supplied by his power, changed by his character.

Maybe this is old news to you but it is incredible enough that the prophets had longed for it and the angels are looking in. We were made a little lower than the angels but God has now changed us, lifted us up so that we are greater than the angels and the angels serve us. This is who we are, what Jesus has done and continues to do for us. This is the great mystery that has been revealed, the fullness of God's Word. You are no ordinary person and this is no ordinary day. Live it to its full potential in the power of Jesus Christ in you. You are not alone. Live in the moment.

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